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A quick guide to using the LMLAG blog

by on December 9, 2009

The LMLAG blog is for everyone, from the librarians and archivists of LMLAG to anyone interested in the work we do. The blog is a place to share information, a forum for debate and discussion, and a way to promote the work of LMLAG. This quick introduction should help get you started…

How to navigate your way around the LMLAG blog     

There are three sections to the LMLAG blog; the Home page, the About page, and the Contact Us page. All the most recent blog posts are displayed on the Home page while the About page gives a brief description of the LMLAG and outlines our purpose and our objectives. The Contact Us page provides three ways to contact LMLAG; by leaving a comment using the form provided, by joining the JISCmail listserv, or by directly emailing Christopher Mills (LMLAG Chair) or Martin Flynn (Web & Communications Group).

Under every blog post you’ll find a number of links. The first link “Leave a comment” is described below. The next link shows what category the post belongs to, while the next set of links show what tags have been assigned to the post. The final link “Permalink” is also described below.

On every page there are 8 panels in the right hand column allowing you to navigate to various parts of the blog. The first three panels “Categories”, “Archives”, and “Recent Comments” allow you to jump directly to blog posts filed under a particular category, to view all post for a specific month, or to jump straight to recent comments.  The fourth panel is described in the “How to register to receive blog posts by email” section below. The panels “LMLAG Blogs” and “LMLAG Websites” provide links to the blogs and websites of the members of LMLAG. The “Search” panel allows you to search the entire LMLAG blog and the final panel “Meta” is described below in the “How to register to receive blog posts by RSS” section.

How to pass a blog post onto someone else

If you’d like to send a particular post onto someone else don’t just copy the main URL (https://lmlag.wordpress.com). Instead, send them a link directly to the post you’re interested in by using the “Permalink” that appears at the bottom of every blog post. Just click on the “Permalink” and copy and the paste the URL from the address bar. (E.g. the first LMLAG blog post).

How to leave a comment

The LMLAG blog is meant to be a forum to encourage discussion so regardless if you agree or disagree with a post please leave a comment! To comment on a blog post just use the “Leave a Comment” link that appears at the bottom of every post. You can also access the comment page by clicking on the title of the post you’d like to comment on.

How to register to receive blog posts by email

You can register to receive email updates via feedburner for all new blog posts by following the link under the “Subscribe by email” panel which appears in the right hand column on every page. Simply enter your email address, complete the CAPTHCA, and follow the link in the email you receive to activate your subscription.

How to register to receive blog posts by RSS

It’s also possible to register to receive all new blog posts or just all new comments as RSS feeds.  Both of these are available in the “META” panel that appears towards the bottom of the right hand column on every page. Follow the link “Entries RSS” to subscribe to a RSS feed of all posts and follow the link “Comments RSS” to subscribe to a RSS feed of the new comments only.

How to create a post

New posts are a vital part of the LMLAG blog. If there is anything you’d like to write about for a blog post you can email the text to us and we will put it online. Of course if you’re feeling more adventurous we can set up a contributor account so you can create your own post. When writing your post bear in mind that one of the best ways to get the LMLAG blog a better search engine ranking is to create as many links to and from the blog as possible, so if you mention a website in your comment remember to include a hyperlink.

The LMLAG blog is for everyone in or interested in the LMLAG but to be truly effective and useful it needs your input and support by reading and subscribing to the blog, posting comments, and writing new posts. So dive in and get commenting and blogging!

Gary (British Museum)

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5 Comments
  1. Dear Gary

    I’m told some Museums’ internal networks are so secure that email updates from feedburner may not get through. What would happen if we put the LMLAG listserver email address into the “Subscribe by email” box? I daren’t try it in case I break something.

    Richard

  2. Gary (British Museum) permalink

    Hi Richard,

    I understand that security measures different IT departments use can cause problems with services such as feedburner. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what would happen if you use the LMLAG listserv email address but I guess it wouldn’t cause any technical problems.

    That said, I’m not sure it would be the most appropriate way of getting around the problem of feedburner being blocked. As the purpose of signing up for feeburner is primarily to be alerted of a new post on the blog, hooking this service into the LMLAG listserv may end up confusing the two.

    I’d be interested to hear what other people think but as the real problem is feedburner being blocked maybe it would be better to find a way to get email updates directly from the blog by a mean that won’t be blocked. One solution could be to use the RSS feeds (described above) and I could also investigate if it is possible to use a service other that feedburner to deliver the alerts by email.

    Gary

  3. Hi Gary

    Thanks for this. I’ll await developments and further comments! By the way, as I’ve registered to receive email notifications of blog updates, should I be getting notifications of these exchanges? (I’m not, so far).

    Richard

  4. Hi Richard, no you’ll only get updates when a new post is published – comments on posts only go to the post author.

    Renee.

  5. Gary (British Museum) permalink

    Hi Richard,

    There are now three options for subscribing to the blog – by using RSS feeds, by email via feedburner, and by direct email. Hopefully everyone will be able to use at least one of these options in order to get around problems caused by restrictive security measures. That said, any email update service we use could be blocked by some networks, in which case RSS feeds may be only viable option.

    In relation to comments, with the version of wordpress we use the only way to get regular updates of any comments is to use the RSS comments feed – it’s not possible to receive comments by email update.

    Gary

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